Summer 2014

Gearing Up for the ASEAN Economic Community: Investment Frameworks in Myanmar, Indonesia, and Thailand

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Gearing Up for the ASEAN Economic Community: Investment Frameworks in Myanmar, Indonesia, and Thailand

This article discusses recent developments in Myanmar and Indonesia, where markets are contending with rigorous efforts to attract foreign investment. It also revisits closely watched Thailand, where inbound foreign investment activity is expected to peak in the coming years.

In BG Group v. Argentina, the Supreme Court established that bilateral investment treaties should be interpreted like contracts and local litigation requirements are presumptively procedural questions appropriate for arbitrators and entitled to deference.

Canadian foreign investors now have a predictable, neutral, efficient, and expert mechanism for resolution of international disputes with other contracting states—an advantage where the alternative may be an unfamiliar and unpredictable legal system.

Two law students won the 2014 Mears Student Writing Competition: Ashley E. Dymond of the University of California Hastings College of the Law and William Bessmer of Widener University School of Law. Ms. Dymond submitted a video, “The Parable of Progress: NSA Spying, Data Privacy, and the Fourth Amendment,” which is available on You Tube. Mr. Bessmer’s article, “NSA Activities Trespass Third Amendment Rights,” is published in full.

As the Obama administration “pivoted” to East Asia, the Section “pivots” to Southeast Asia in this issue of ILN.

For this year’s International Legal Exchange trip, a Section delegation visited Myanmar (sometimes referred to as Burma) and Cambodia in February. They met with members of the bar, NGOs, government officials, law school representatives, and business leaders.

In this third “Policy Matters” column, we discuss many new international legal policy activities that have taken place in the Section of International Law over the past six months.

Japan has been called a cultural Galapagos, as it has evolved many distinct business and social customs. Tokyo, the capital, is no exception.


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